Book Review: Guitar Player Magazine

guitarGuitar Player Magazine is the inside story of the first 2 decades of the most successful guitar magazine ever.  The chapters are broken down by Staffers and Freelancers reflect, Featured Artists and Monthly Columnists look back and Advertisers remember.  Of course, throughout the book are lots of photos of the magazine covers throughout and other photos too. I like that the e-book makes it look like you are reading a magazine with how things are laid out with the text and the graphics.  From a small 35 cent magazine to what it was when it was sold in 1989 – this book follows the history and is a great inside report on the magazine and everything you want to know about it.

It is full of a lot of wonderful stories and whether you had read the magazine or not, if you are interested in music and especially guitars I think it will be enjoyable.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Guitar Player: The Inside Story of the First Two Decades of the Most Successful Guitar Magazine Ever is a reflection on Guitar Player‘s often pioneering early days, from its 1967 founding through its 1989 sale by founder Bud Eastman and editor/publisher Jim Crockett. This book looks at the magazines evolution from a 40-page semi-monthly to a monthly exceeding 200 pages, with a gross yearly income that grew from $40,000 to nearly $15 million.

The story is told by many people important to Guitar Player‘s history, including Maxine Eastman, Bud Eastman’s widow, and Crockett, who edited this book with his daughter Dara. Also here are recollections of key personnel, including Tom Wheeler, Jas Obrecht, Roger Siminoff, Mike Varney, Jon Sievert, George Gruhn, and Robb Lawrence; leading early advertisers, such as Martin, Randall, and Fender; and prominent guitar players featured in the magazine, including Joe Perry, George Benson, Pat Travers, Country Joe McDonald, Pat Metheny, Steve Howe, Lee Ritenour, Johnny Winter, Steve Morse, Larry Coryell, Michael Lorimer, John McLaughlin, Stanley Clarke, Liona Boyd, Steve Vai, and many others.

Among the many illustrations are then-and-now shots of performers and staff, early ads, behind-the-scenes photos from company jam sessions (with such guests as B. B. King and Chick Corea), various fascinating events, and key issue covers. Rich in history and perspective, Guitar Player: The Inside Story of the First Two Decades of the Most Successful Guitar Magazine Ever is the definitive first-person chronicle of a music magazine’s golden age.

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